By Sgt. Nasir Stoner,
133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
DANVILLE, Ky. – Many citizens of Kentucky are in need of
food due to the outbreak of COVID-19 causing shortages in stores and lost jobs.
The Kentucky National Guard has taken the needed steps to be
able to help provide food to local citizens.
Twelve Soldiers assigned to 138th Field Artillery Brigade Headquarters
and Headquarters Battery (HHB), worked alongside the First Church of God at the
host site of God’s Pantry Food Bank in Danville, Ky., to prepare and distribute
190 boxes of food for anyone in the local community who has been affected by
COVID-19. Locals were able to drive up as Soldiers and church members loaded
the boxes into their cars.
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“Without the help of the Guard, we wouldn’t be able to support the first-Thursday-of-the-month Boyle County Senior Commodity Distribution Program,” said Lois Pike, administrative assistant at the First Church of God.
The support Soldiers were able to give was very satisfying
to citizens and some of the Soldiers who joined the Guard for moments like
“I’ve had the opportunity to live here my whole life,” said
Sgt. 1st Class Joshua McElroy, medical section chief. “The people around me
have given my family a good life and I figure I owe them whatever I can do to
The Food Bank was only set up for a few hours before all the
190 boxes of food were prepared and given out to local families driving through
"Kentucky Army National
Guard Soldiers are always ready to support our fellow citizens when the
Commonwealth is in need,” said Capt. Thomas Hobbs, Commander of the 138th HHB.
“Its always inspiring to see the men and women of our unit step up to serve and
our leadership team couldn’t be more proud of the way our soldiers have
conducted themselves during this challenging time.”
Soldiers from all across the
state have been able to support their own local communities during this
"I grew up
only five minutes from here,” said Spc. Robert Martin, fire control
“So it's a huge privilege knowing that I am giving back to the community that
made me who I am today.”
The 138th Soldiers
have been working tirelessly since they were called for support and are always
ready to serve if needed.
we were running 24-hour operations to support local law enforcement at several
hospitals in and around Lexington,” said Spc. Kolton Helm, a medic. “Coming out
here has given me a respectful feeling knowing it's all about helping our
neighbor and I get to see first hand what this means to them."